Review: Cocktails at TwoRuba Hilton London Tower Bridge
Never thought about going for a drink in a hotel bar? This may change your mind…
TwoRuba is bang in the heart of London Bridge, a short walk from the Underground station and not far from Borough Market.
Nestled underneath the Hilton London Tower Bridge, the bar is the in-house spot for those staying overnight. However, the opulent style allows it to stand alone and as a worthwhile destination to visit for drinks.
I visited with my friends Amanda and Lillian to try some of their cocktails on offer and also see if a bar inside a hotel can really ever be more than an-add on.
Sharing a different cocktail each, we sampled six of their innovative signature, and remixed, classic drinks. There’s a large number on offer too, with a page for vodka, gin, rum and champagne infused mixes, so whatever your taste, there’s something for you.
We started off by trying the Blackthorn Sour, a Sloe Gin drink. Think of a fruit and smooth edge, with the alcohol sinking into the glass, alongside a fruit punch style cocktail called the Sleeping Beauty, which featured Vodka, peach liqueur, lychee liqueur and lemon juice.
Throughout the evening the vibe inside the location was laid back, with a slight business feel… but clearly a varied mix of customers, which was refreshing.
Looking around there were couples having some drinks and starters to share, business men having a beer after work, plus some hotel guests. There wasn’t a pretentious atmosphere, and the music style – which was laid back classics, went down well. Not interrupting the good time we were having!
The staff were also very attentive, providing a number of small snacks, including crisps and wasabi nuts – refilling the bowls as and when we finishing them all off.
They were also helpful in offering insight into which cocktails they’d suggest, able to take us through flavours, tastes and the type of cocktail we all desired.
Coming in at £12-£14 per cocktail, and varied in sizing – they were good value for money, with a strong amount of alcohol added, which is something you always want in a good cocktail.
Being able to taste the champagne in one glass, plus the different mixes of rum in my Hemingway Special (a mix of Rum, Lime, Grapefruit and Maraschino Liqueur) made all the difference.
If cocktails aren’t your thing, then there’s also an extensive wine list and a very impressive selection of non-alcoholic drinks on offer, something that certainly makes a difference when you want to drink around someone who may be having a Dry January!
We also noticed they’ve got a great Wine Wednesdays deal too. If you order 2 large glasses of wine, you get the rest of the bottle free – a pretty hefty saving.
Overall, TwoRuba is a pleasant evening well spent. It’s easily a welcome date spot, with a lack of pretentiousness which in London Bridge is hard to find.
Visit TwoRuba at the Hilton London Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London, SE1 2BY. Find out more and book on their website here.